ASM PLUS Blog
Critical Thinking from ASM Plus – A few thoughts on conducting major public enquiries, possibly in the wake of the current health emergency an acknowledgement of the achievements of Arch bishop Desmond Tutu
There are very few certainties in life. However, one certainty is that at some point in the not too distant future people will start asking questions about the current health emergency and how it has been handled. Were Western politicians or indeed any other...
The Parisian, the farmer, the cockerel and the Sunday lunch – a tale of an everyday dispute that went decidedly wrong.
When recently re-reading a favourite book, “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle I was particularly struck by the anecdotal account of a neighbour dispute that occurred in his locality. A wealthy Parisian acquires a holiday home in a small, remote village. He...
Online mediation and facilitated meetings from ASM Plus – How to resolve an ongoing dispute today rather than wait many months or possibly never resolve it at all.
It would be fair to say that we are living in difficult times. In most countries it is anticipated that the current Corona Virus related emergency will continue for months rather than weeks. Many people are more or less confined to their homes and may be coping with...
Critical Thinking from ASM Plus for international cricket – how to improve standards of play without being too critical and focusing on what really matters
As regular readers of ASM Plus blogs will know, as well as being a sports mediator I am an avid follower of test cricket. I have greatly enjoyed following the quite recent hard-fought test match series between England and South Africa. I am posting this at a time when...
A case involving a family company which demonstrates how a facilitated meeting can effectively resolve a significant dispute and save considerable amounts of time and money.
Siblings Hazel and Jo are highly accomplished software experts and computer engineers who set up their own niche company, Prime Solutions Ltd, approximately two years ago. Because neither of them is very good at either management or marketing, a year ago they decided to engage Hazel’s brother-in-law Martin as “director of operations” and gave him a vaguely drafted brief to “sort out the accounting system” and “implement and operate a proper marketing strategy”. Martin was given a generous commission-based remuneration package and a 10% shareholding in the company with an option to purchase further shares.
Family services from ASM Plus- Facilitated meetings and Critical Thinking (CT) – alternatives to family mediation
In many instances, the most effective way to resolve a divorce or separation dispute involving children and finance is to use family mediation. The head of the ASM Plus family team, Austin Chessell is an accomplished family mediator and, as is demonstrated in one of our recent blogs he gets results and saves his clients considerable sums of time and money.
However, mediation is not for everyone and in some instances paying for a sequence of between two and five sessions might not be the best use of limited financial resources. Mediation is generally very effective and does indeed have a 90% success rate but sometimes divorcing or separating couples or possibly those involved in a family company or probate dispute are simply not ready for it and may need a helping hand.
Family Mediation from ASM Plus – in the run-up to the London Divorce Fair (20-22 Feb. 2020) we provide an example of the unique, highly effective service provided by our divorce consultant, Suzy Miller and what she did for a client named Jane.
What Suzy offers to do for all divorcing or separating couples who instruct Albert Square Mediation Plus is to offer an initial complimentary Divorce Navigation discussion session to outline what is involved in the whole process of separation and divorce. The purpose of this is to assist clients and prepare them for what is to come.
Family Mediation from ASM Plus – in the run-up to the London Divorce Fair (20-22 Feb. 2020) we provide an example of a divorce-related mediation successfully mediated by Austin Chessell, the coordinator of the ASM Plus Family Team.
A married couple came to mediation as they had spent tens of thousands of pounds of legal fees and Court hearings costs and wanted to avoid the further legal costs of a final hearing.
They own multiple properties which had already been valued. They had obtained recent mortgage statements and taken tax advice.
Family mediation from ASM Plus – announcing our participation in the first ever Divorce Show – 20-22 February 2020
The divorce show, a landmark event, is taking place at the Hilton London Olympia, 380 Kensington High Street London W14.
Entrance is free and places can be booked via Eventbrite divorce-fair-tickets. Three ASM Plus associates – Austin Chessell who is the convener of the ASM plus family team, Suzy Miller and Russ Shackleton – are attending and will be very pleased to meet with people and explain the unique range of services that we offer.
Mediation and facilitated meetings from ASM Plus – Not so much “The End of a Mission” as “Mission Accomplished in minimal time and at minimal cost
One of the most amusing books I have ever read is “The End of a Mission” a satire by Heinrich Böll. Written in 1968 it takes a swipe not only at the legal and military systems of the Federal Republic of Germany but also many of the characters in the book who are portrayed as narrowminded and deeply conservative.